Three major holidays occur between now and the next edition of RealTime: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the High Holy Days) and Sukkot.

Rosh Hashanah (popularly known as the Jewish New Year, but designated the Feast of Trumpets in the Bible) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are each one-day holidays.  They begin at sundown on September 18 and September 27 respectively and continue through sundown on the following days.  Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) is a week long holiday beginning at sundown on October 2.  Click on any one of these three holidays for a Jews for Jesus overview as well as related articles.   You will also find free e-cards to send to Jewish friends on our Rosh Hashanah page.  (It is appropriate to send them out to reach Jewish homes now and up through the 27th of this month.) And you can click here to see if Jews for Jesus has any Messianic High Holiday meetings in your area.

Many Jewish people will also observe a traditional celebration immediately following the end of Sukkot known as Simchat Torah, which means the Joy of Torah. Synagogues schedule a reading from the Torah each week, so that the five books of Moses are completed in one year.  This holiday celebrates the conclusion of that cycle and then the readings begin again from the first chapter of Genesis.  David Brickner’s book “Christ in the Feast of Tabernacles“—which “happens” to be this month’s Real Deal—has a helpful section explaining this observance. It also includes a sample Sukkot service that was written especially for Christians to use at home or with a fellowship group.